Marcus Ehning proclaims winner of the FEI World Cup Jumping Longines Mutua Madrileña Trophy, with a spectacular cut to the last jump. The small test of the CSI5 *, the COCA-COLA Trophy was won by the Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Quatro, binomial that has had a very good weekend loaded with podiums. The Spanish Olympic Beatriz Ferrer-Salat won the last test of the event, the CDI4* Grand Prix Rodilla Freestyle.
The bleachers were overflowing with people at the FEI World Cup Jumping Longines Mutua Madrileñal Trophy; no one wanted to miss the biggest test of Madrid Horse Week, which was broadcast live on FEI TV at 13:00. A test with a height of 1.60m, were great part of the best riders of the Longines FEI ranking competed. The first sleeve, designed by Valencian Javier Trenor, had a course with a triple that gave many complications and that several riders knocked down, so very few of the 40 riders were able to finish without fail, in such a way that in the break of the test there were only two without fail. Finally, when the best riders of the ranking arrived, they began to demonstrate their skills, and the first sleeve finished with 9 classified for the next round. The best ranked Spanish was Gonzalo Añón Suárez, this being his first Grand Prix World Cup Jumping. In spite of having made a very good course, a knock out of the fence 10, took him to the position number 18 of the classification. The jump off started with several riders who could not finish without fault, until the Kaiser Ludger Beerbaum with Casello made a magnificent tour. The Frenchman Kevin Staut, with his great gallop to the last jump, started leading the classification with Aran. Finally, the winner was the German Marcus Ehning, riding Comme Il Faut, making a spectacular run in a time of 43.56 seconds, and being the only one able to make the cut to the last jump. Later, in the press conference he commented that it was not in his plans to do so, but with seeing the arrival to the oxer so close, he decided that was the only opportunity to beat Kevin Staut. It seems that Madrid gives luck to the German, who prevailed in the Global Champions Tour of Madrid held in the month of May. British Scott Brash was third in a time of 44.04 seconds and gets his first points in the league this season.
After the sixth stage, Kevin Staut leads the provisional classification of the European league followed by Romain Duguet and Steve Guerdat. The next meeting will take place from 9 to 11 December in Casas Novas, which hosts a World Cup for the first time.
The small test of the CSI5*, the COCA-COLA Trophy, with a height of 1.45m was disputed under the table Fault & Time. Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Quatro, winner of the CSI5* Estrella Damm Trophy disputed yesterday, was crowned again as champion in a time of 48.34 seconds. This was a very good weekend for the Dutchman, as he was also on the podium on Friday, finishing second in the small test of the CSI5* MITSUBISHI Trophy. Second was the German David Will, who stayed a few hundredths of a second away of beating the Dutch, riding Mic Mac du Tillard. His compatriot Marcus Ehning went to the podium again with the third place, in a time of 49.02 seconds. The best Spaniard of the test was Pilar Lucrecia Cordón, riding Armani Des Maraichers, who finished 17th in the standings.
The fourth edition of Madrid Horse Week closed with the CDI4*, Grand Prix Rodilla Freestyle, in which the Spanish Olympic Beatriz Ferrer-Salat, who was third yesterday, reached the podium, demonstrating her great handling of the horse, in a magnificent performance with which she stood in first position riding Sir Radjah with an impossible score to beat of 76,325%. Second was the winner of the ABC Trophy that was disputed yesterday, Rikke Svane, obtaining a score of 75,575% riding Finckenstein TSF. The German Isabelle Steidle, riding Long Drink, took the third position of the test with a score of 74.600%, snatching at the last moment the podium position to José Antonio García Mena who finished fourth with 73.050%.